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Portland-area meat distributor recalls nearly 30,000 pounds of ground beef


A Clackamas-based meat distributor has recalled nearly 30,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli, officials said Monday.

The ground beef products from Interstate Meat Distributors were sold at WinCo, Kroger, Albertsons and Walmart stores across seven states, including Oregon and Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday.

All of the raw, ground beef products were produced Dec. 20, 2021, officials said.

The products subjected to recall are marked “EST. 965″ inside the USDA mark of inspection or by the time stamp and use- or freeze-by date, the statement said. A full list of products subject to the recall is available here.

Food safety officials became aware of the possible contamination after one of the ground beef products was purchased and submitted to a third-party laboratory for microbiological analysis, then tested positive for E. coli, officials said.

Food safety officials warned that some of the recalled products could be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers, and urged people not to eat them. Anyone concerned about possible E. coli contamination should contact a healthcare provider, the statement said.

E. Coli can cause diarrhea, bloody stools, abdominal cramping and dehydration. In serious cases, victims may develop kidney failure that can permanently damage the organ and sometimes result in death.

– Catalina Gaitán; @catalinagaitan



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